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Espectro trófico de los juveniles del pejegallo, Nematistius pectoralis Gill, 1862 (Perciformes: Nematistiidae), en Bahía Almejas, Baja California Sur, México

RESEARCH NOTE

Proteínas atractantes en orina de hembras Panulirus argus (Latreille, 1804)

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Oviana Oquendo

oviana.cuba@gmail.com

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Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, 5ta Avenida y calle 246, Santa Fe, Playa, Ciudad Habana, Cuba C.P. 19100

Yanis Cruz

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Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, 5ta Avenida y calle 246, Santa Fe, Playa, Ciudad Habana, Cuba C.P. 19100

Osmel García

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Centro de Investigaciones Pesqueras, 5ta Avenida y calle 246, Santa Fe, Playa, Ciudad Habana, Cuba C.P. 19100

Abstract

Pheromones have been described in decapods, but not in Panulirus argus. To determine these attractants on urine of females P. argus 100 females were sampled from fishing areas of Isla de la Juventud, Cuba. Urine was extracted from bladders and subjected to a procedure to extract proteins. The proteins were run in two electrophoresis of polyacrylamide gel. In the first three, noticeable bands were observed. The second electrophoresis corroborated that these bands are subunits of one protein. Sponges soaked with protein material were exposed to individuals, resulting in attractiveness for males. It suggests that these proteins act as sex pheromones.

Key words

Spiny lobsters, electrophoresis, attraction, sex pheromones

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